The Exercise Benefits of Weight Loss

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The Exercise Benefits of Weight Loss

Within the last few years some science has emerged that suggests exercise won’t help a person lose weight. In a 2009 Time Magazine article titled, “Why exercise won’t make you thin,” author John Cloud makes an argument that exercise is a waste of time for dieters. Not only do I disagree with this hypothesis, I believe I’m living proof that exercise can help a person lose weight. I will show that there is scientific evidence that proves exercise promotes weight loss, that exercise has been proven to control medical conditions such as diabetes that can contribute to weight gain and most importantly, that exercise can increase overall mental health, which can help people commit to long term health and weight loss goals.

Regardless of how a person chooses to do it, losing weight requires that they burn more calories than they consume, and regular exercise is a proven way to do it. Exercise helps build muscle mass: When you exercise, you use muscle, which in turn helps build muscle mass, and muscle tissue burns more calories, even when you’re at rest, than body fat. And according to the school of nutrition and exercise science at Bastyr University, the most effective way to increase metabolism - and burn more calories - is by aerobic exercise and strength training.

In addition to building muscle mass, regular exercise can control insulin sensitivity, which controls a person’s weight. According to the American Diabetes Association, exercise has the potential to control diabetes by no medical means, reduce severity of the disease, and significantly reduce the risk of long term complications. Aerobic exercise increases insulin sensitivity and, along with proper nutrition, helps restore normal glucose metabolism by decreasing body fat. Strength training also decreases body fat by raising the metabolism. It’s main benefit, however, is increasing glucose uptake by the muscles and enhancing the ability to store glucose. Exercise...
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